The Victoria & Albert Museum

The V&A holds the world’s largest collection of Beatrix Potter’s drawings, manuscripts, correspondence and photographs. It is publicly accessible in the Archive Study Room at Blythe House. At the core is the Linder Bequest, bequeathed by Leslie Linder (1904-73) in 1973. Linder laid the foundation for scholarly knowledge about Beatrix Potter; his publications include The Journal of Beatrix Potter from 1881 to 1897 (1966) and A History of the Writings of Beatrix Potter (1971), and his archive of letters and working papers was given to the Museum by his sister, Enid, in 1980. The Museum also holds on long-term loan a further 280 drawings and 40 first editions given by Linder to a charitable trust in 1970 to increase public awareness of Potter’s work.

The jewel in the crown of the V&A’s Beatrix Potter collection is Potter’s celebrated picture letter to Noel Moore in which she conceived her tale of Peter Rabbit. The letter is on permanent loan from Pearson Plc, while Frederick Warne’s archive at the V&A includes the complete set of original Peter Rabbit illustrations. The collection of the Beatrix Potter Society contains original material, including Potter’s ‘Holiday Diary’ written in 1905 following the death of her publisher and fiancé, Norman Warne.

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